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Bio: Katie graduated from the University of Kent in 2003 with a First Class BSc Hons in Psychology and in 2008 she completed an MSc in Research Methods at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her dissertation from this explored the accuracy of adult eyewitness testimony under cross examination, with Prof. Tim Valentine.In 2011 she completed a PhD at City University London with Prof. Dermot Bowler. This work explored how the unique pattern of memory functions in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) transpires in different eyewitness situations, and how best to interview people with ASD.
Katie then went on to work at the University of Plymouth with Dr. Marina Wimmer on an ESRC-funded project exploring how mental imagery abilities develop in children. She was recently awarded an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship to work with Prof. Amina Memon at Royal Holloway, in collaboration with Prof. Dermot Bowler at City. She is investigating how well people with ASD recall the temporal order of details from witnessed events, how well they recall events in which they actively participated, and how credible witnesses with ASD are perceived to be by jurors and lay people.
She leaves the RHEG to take up a lectureship at the University of Bath, we wish her the best of luck.
Research interests: Autism spectrum disorder, vulnerable witnesses, eyewitness testimony, memory, investigative interviewing, cognitive psychology, mental imagery.
Bio: Jack graduated from RHUL in 2012 with a Criminology and Sociology (Bsc). His final year dissertation explored the way in which individuals perceive terrorism after 9/11 and also the way in which people construct their perceptions.
Jack has assisted Jess Derby with her PhD research by coding data for one of her studies.
Research Interests: Radicalisation, Human Rights, Terrorism, Restorative justice, Deception and Risk/Security.
Bio: Reuben graduated from RHUL in 2012 with a Criminology and Sociology (Bsc). His final year dissertation explored the changing relationship between women and football.
Reuben has assisted Jess Darby with her PhD research by coding data from one of her studies.
Research interests: Human Rights, Interrogation Tactics, Offender profiling, Miscarriages of justice, Eyewitness testimony, Drift theory, Cognitive dissonance and Stockholm syndrome.
Bio: Kirsty graduated from RHUL in 2012 with a Psychology (BSc). Her final year project focused on the accuracy of eyewitness memory recall and the cognitive effects of the Self Administered Interview.
Kirsty has been trained in the cognitive interview, transcribing and coding interview data. She has also worked on studies looking at children as witnesses and the usefulness of a variety of interviewing techniques in her role as a research assistant to the eyewitness laboratory.
She is taking a year out to gain work experience before applying for Clinical and Forensic Masters.
Research Interests: Offender profiling and vulnerable witnesses.
Bio: Annie graduated from RHUL in 2012 with a First Class Psychology (BSc). Her final year project investigated how health risks are perceived by young women in pregnancy. Her interest in eyewitness testimony stems from having family members in the Police.
Annie has been trained in the cognitive interview and is transcribing and coding interview data from the elderly people’s eyewitness testimony study currently being run in the lab.
Annie will be studying for her Masters at the University of Surrey from September 2012.
Research interests: eyewitness testimony, forensic and criminal psychology
Bio: Elina graduated from RHUL in 2012 with a Psychology (BSc). Her final year prodject looked at discrimination based on religious views, as seen on Facebook, when assessing people’s employability prospects.
She worked with Jess Darby on a project looking at episodic future thinking and has also worked as a research assistant with another Royal Holloway research group at the London Science Museum where she ran an eye-tracking study.
Research Interests: Elina is interested in several areas of psychology, primarily forensic psychology (specifically offender profiling). She is also interested in social and occupational psychology.
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Bio: Gary graduated from the University of Stirling in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. As part of his degree he spent one year studying at Sydney University on a study abroad programme. He was employed as a research assistant on an ESRC knowledge transfer project at Royal Holloway, University of London, working with Professor Memon until September 2011. Collaborators include Dr Becky Milne (Portsmouth University) and Dr Daniel Wright (Florida International University), with endorsements from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). The project aims to create national guidance on what police forces should say to witnesses before, during and after an identification parade.
Research interests: eyewitness identification, counter terrorism, police interviewing and offender profiling.
Dr. Ruth Horry
Bio: Ruth completed a post as Research Fellow at Royal Holloway in August 2010 when she moved to Australia to take up a post-doctoral position in the Eyewitness lab at Flinders University. She is working on a project on improving the accuracy of eyewitness identifications with Professor Neil Brewer and Dr. Nathan Weber. Before joining the Royal Holloway Eyewitness Group, Ruth was awarded a PhD in Psychology at Sussex University. Her PhD thesis was on the own-race bias for face recognition, and memory for source information. Prior to her PhD, Ruth completed a Masters in Psychological Research Methods in 2006 from the University of Sussex. In 2005, she graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.
Research interests: Eyewitness memory, face recognition, in-group/out-group effects on memory – including the own-race bias for face recognition, meta-cognitive experiences of remembering, stereotyping and prejudice within the justice system, source memory.
Bio: Claire carried out her MSc. research internship with the Royal Holloway Eyewitness Group in 2010. She studied in Maastricht, where she completed a Bachelors of Science in Cognitive Psychology and a Masters in Psychology and Law. Claire is currently working in The Hague as a Research Assistant on a national project investigating the nature and extent of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in The Netherlands.
Research interests: Eyewitness memory, vulnerable suspects/witnesses, police interviewing
Bio: Alex completed her BSc. in Psychology in 2010, for which she was awarded a First Class Honours. She’s lived in Egham, Surrey, for most of her life but also studied abroad in Toronto, Canada for the second year of her degree, and loved it. She is hoping to develop a career in either the police or prison service offering research support to criminal investigations and offender management.
Research interests: Eyewitness testimony, offender profiling, and the psychology of terror and terrorism.